Lucy Hutchinson is a junior at Washington & Jefferson College in Pennsylvania, but she is currently studying abroad in Spain. She is pursuing an English major, a Biology minor, an Interfaith Leadership concentration, and the pre-medicine requisites. She aspires to attend medical school through the military and eventually become a dermatologist. Anyone who knows Lucy can attest to her love of God, her family, the USA, and Spider-Man. She can usually be found reading, studying, FaceTiming, biking, or watching Netflix. She has only been an FFL Cabinet member since 2018, but she has been following FFL for years and owes her confidence and involvement to the organization.

When asked about Lucy, Amanda, the founder of Future Female Leaders, shares “Lucy always inspires me to be a kinder human. She radiates kindness. With ambassadors of conservatism like Lucy, the next generation of the movement is strong, bright and compassionate.”

As a part of the next wave of conservative women, we sat down with Lucy Hutchinson to ask her questions about trending issues, stereotypes conservative women face, and advice she’d pass along to new activists.

Name: Lucy Hutchinson

Age: 20 (junior in college)

Hometown: Oil City, Pennsylvania

What issue are you most passionate about?

Although I would like to talk about the pro-life movement for this section, I know that others have written about this, so I want to give attention to another issue that is integral to my life and my involvement in the conservative movement: America’s support of Israel. I have been extremely passionate about Israel ever since I went on an educational trip there the summer after my freshman year of college. The people I met during that trip became my second family and Israel feels like my second home, and so I hope to return soon. For such a welcoming and reasonable country (compared to its neighbors in the Middle East) it is appalling how many countries and people still ignore their rights, their contributions, and their history.

What’s the worst piece of advice you’ve been given?

When I was beginning my freshman year of college, professors, friends, and strangers would tell me that “nobody is prepared for college” and that “no one learns how to study effectively in high school.” I don’t know why I ever listened to that, and my hope for anyone reading this is that they don’t either. As a result of listening to this advice, I was in a frenzy my entire first semester because I had convinced myself that I knew nothing and that all of the sweat, tears, and late nights which I had dedicated to my high school education were a waste. Sure, I had to adapt and develop my study skills to fit each of my classes, but to say that I was unprepared going in was a lie. I should have just worked with the study skills I had rather than trying to redefine my entire study type. Education amounts to what you put into it, no matter the stage in your education or where you go to school. Don’t ever question the hard work you have put into your dream.

What do you think is the biggest myth/stereotype that surrounds young conservative women in today’s political environment?  

Because conservatives are extremely proud and therefore outspoken about our adherence to facts and logic, many people think that we are less compassionate than liberals. For instance, I do believe that “facts don’t care about your feelings,” but I also believe that these conservative, fact-based stances will help better our country. Just because we are conservative does not mean that we care less about the environment, other women, survivors of sexual assault, or any person’s struggles or concerns. As a matter of fact, I am drawn to the conservative movement because I know our solutions are proven to actually do something about our problems and are therefore compassionate. Just because I’m conservative does not mean that I don’t want to change the world for the better; it just means that I think giving our power to make said changes to the government is ridiculous.

What do you want the world to know about conservative and Republican women?

Conservative women are not parrots nor sycophants and we will not become them. We can and do think for ourselves. Onlookers often assume that we don’t know any better―that we don’t empathize with our gender or that we could finally be pro-woman if we would vote for a woman entirely because of her gender as opposed to the way she thinks. The idea that women who voted for Trump or any male candidate are “voting against their own voice” is degrading.

We are tired of being excluded from conversations by self-proclaimed “feminists” who insist that they support all women, when in actuality they are silencing conservative women solely because we disagree with them politically. Yet, despite all of this backlash on our way of thinking, we are proud of our values and won’t compromise them just follow the crowd.

What is something you wish you could tell yourself just starting out on your political journey?

You can always read more.

What issue, in your opinion, doesn’t get enough attention?

In the past few years, the financial issues have been pushed out of everyone’s attention. I wish that all parties and the media would address the national debt and the budget more often and more seriously, because our generation is going to have to deal with the consequences, especially if the nation doesn’t act soon.

What is something that brings you confidence, no matter what?

Besides prayer, I find peace and encouragement in the following quote: “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”